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Friday, November 2, 2018

F³ WIP Bureaucracy of Reinforcements


            I checked my phone, then sent a quick text to Collins, shielding the phone against my body so the light didn’t give us away. ‘Where are you guys?’
            ‘Can’t get authorization for full task force. Only a few officers. No SWAT. What’s it look like?’
            Instead of answering, I used my phone to take a video. It was far away, but I didn’t dare rely on the digital zoom, and I had left my good camera in my car back at Nikki’s. I hadn’t thought to need it since Collins was supposed to be here.

            After a minute, I sent the video to Collins.
            ‘On our way, hold tight.’
            ‘Bring sweat!!!!’
            ‘?’
            I silently cursed autocrrect.
            ‘I mean SWAT!’
            ‘Working on it. Big threat?’
            ‘YES! Faerie!’ I made sure to carefully type the word out.
            ‘Keep taking video. Can you get closer?’
            I looked briefly at Nikki, then shook my head. ‘No! I’m not stupid.’
            ‘ETA 20-30 minutes.’
            I wanted to curse at the message, I wanted to text such a curse back to Collins, but I knew it wouldn’t do any good.
            There’s a bureaucracy for reinforcements. Please fill out forms in triplicate and submit for approval while the supernatural threat devours your soul.



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